Shikhar Dhawan is one of the most attacking batsmen in the modern-day game. Primarily an opening batsman, Dhawan is known for his left-arm strength and timing. Shikhar Dhawan’s career reached new heights after he began opening the innings for India (alongside Rohit Sharma) in the limited-overs format. At present, Dhawan is one of the most consistent performers for the Indian side in the 50-over format. Shikhar Dhawan game is a mixture of caution and aggression. Shikhar Dhawan is someone who likes to get his eye in before going after the bowlers. Once he is in, the strokes he plays are nothing less than a thing of beauty.
Shikhar Dhawan is a popular name in T20 cricket and has featured for numerous teams in the Indian Premier League, including the Delhi Capitals (formerly Known as Delhi Daredevils). During the early part of his career, Dhawan was a middle-order batsman. However, he began sharing the opening duties with Rohit Sharma after both Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were dropped from the side after a string of low scores.
Shikhar Dhawan’s Personal Details
|Full Name||Shikhar Dhawan|
|Nickname||Gabbar, Jatt Ji, Daddy D|
|Date of Birth||5 December 1985|
|Profession||Indian Cricketer (Left-handed Batsman)|
|Height||in feet inches- 5’ 11”|
|Weight||in kilograms- 80 kg|
|Body Measurements||– Chest: 40 inches|
– Waist: 32 inches
– Biceps: 16 inches
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hobbies||Doing yoga, Swimming, Reading, Playing table tennis and badminton|
Shikhar Dhawan’s Family Details
|Parents||Father- Mahendra Pal Dhawan|
Mother- Sunaina Dhawan
|Wife/spouse||Ayesha Mukherjee (m. 2012-present)|
|Marriage Date||30 October 2012|
|Children||Son- Zoravar (born in 2014)|
Daughters- Rhea (Step-daughter), Aliyah (Step-daughter)
|Address||A bungalow in Delhi and Melbourne|
Shikhar Dhawan’s Affairs
|Affairs||Ayesha Mukherjee (Former Kickboxer)|
Shikhar Dhawan’s Education Details
|School||St. Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Delhi|
|Educational Qualifications||12th standard|
Shikhar Dhawan Beliefs and Interests
Shikhar Dhawan is fond of tattoos. At present, he has several tattoos on his body, including a ‘Carpe Diem’ tattoo on the back of his left bicep. Well, he also has various tribal designs on his right shoulder. A few years back, he got his wife’s name tattooed on his left wrist.
Shikhar Dhawan loves yoga. He is also a music lover and prefers Sufi music. Nushrat Fateh Ali Khan and the Wadali Brothers are his favorite vocalists.
Shikhar Dhawan Personal Life
Shikhar Dhawan’s wife is Ayesha Mukherjee. She is an Australian citizen and was first introduced to Dhawan by Harbhajan Singh. Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee married on October 30, 2012, in a private ceremony. Shikhar Dhawan’s son is Zorawar Dhawan. Ayesha Mukherjee is 10 years older than Shikhar Dhawan. In an interview, Dhawan stated that he would like to kick start a business venture of his own once he retires from the game. Shikhar Dhawan’s parents are Mahendra Pal Dhawan and Sunaina Dhawan. Shikhar Dhawan has a sister, named Shreshtha Dhawan. She is a jewelry designer.
Shikhar Dhawan Early Career
Shikhar Dhawan began playing and training at 12 under the guidance of Taraka Sinha. He trained at the Sonnet Club during his formative years. At first, he was a wicket-keeper batsman but began playing purely as a batsman by the time he got selected for the U-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Dhawan began playing for the Delhi U-16 team and rose through the ranks at a rate of knots, thanks in part to a string of consistent performances for the side. He made his debut for the Delhi U-16 side during the 1999/00 season. A year later, he was the highest scorer in the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2000/01 as Delhi managed to reach the final.
Shikhar Dhawan played for India U-19 during the 2004 edition of the ICC Men’s U-19 World Cup. Dhawan was the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 505 runs at an average of 84. He scored three (3) centuries and a fifty during the tournament. His aggressive style of play is what made him an instant fan-favorite. But that’s not all. He can also provide the necessary stability to the inning. Shikar’s ability to rotate the strike is underrated. The long opening partnerships that he formed with his fellow openers such as Rohit Sharma are a result of his ability to keep the scoreboard moving.
After his exploits in the U-19 Cricket World Cup, he made his first-class debut for Delhi against Andhra Pradesh. Dhawan finished the tournament with 461 runs in six (6) matches.
Shikhar Dhawan’s IPL career began when he played for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. He had a fairly consistent season with the Daredevils and scored as many as four (4) half-centuries. Dhawan played for the Mumbai Indians as part of the 2009 IPL (as part of a trade deal). The Hyderabad franchise then bought him as one of its prominent Indian players. He remained one of the Hyderabad franchise’s most consistent performers. In 2019, he was traded to the Delhi Capitals.
Team India Breakthrough
In 2010, the team’s selection committee decided to field a second-string side in the ODI series against Australia. Both teams played only a single game as part of the series as the remaining ODI fixtures got washed out due to rain. Shikhar Dhawan’s ODI debut came against the West Indies at Port of Spain, where he could only make 5 runs before being dismissed. Dhawan’s big break in ODIs came when he was asked to open the innings with Rohit Sharma during the 2013 edition of the ICC Men’s Champions Trophy in the UK.
Shikhar Dhawan was the tournament’s highest scorer with 363 runs at an average of over 90. He played an instrumental role in his side’s triumphant Champions Trophy campaign. Similarly, he was the highest run-getter for India during the 2015 edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He finished the tournament with 412 runs from eight games. Over the years, he has become one of the most consistent performers for the country in both the limited-over formats.
Preparations for T20 World Cup 2021
Shikhar Dhawan is considered a veteran in the current Indian side at present. However, KL Rahul’s rise as an opener in the shortest format of the game has left Dhawan with limited opportunities. He was asked to captain the side in 2021 (Tour of Sri Lanka) after several ‘A-Grade’ cricketers flew to England to take part in a 5-match Test Series.He has also been performing consistently for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. During the 2020 season of the IPL, he became the first player in the history of the Indian Premier League to score two consecutive centuries. Shikhar Dhawan’s IPL journey is a symbol of consistency and hard work. He began the 2021 season of the IPL with a bang, but the tournament got postponed in the wake of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Shikhar Dhawan’s IPL 2021 would provide him with a chance to cement his place in India’s Twenty20 side ahead of the ICC Men’s World T20 in the UAE and Oman.
Commercial Interests and Brand Endorsements
Shikhar Dhawan endorses various brands, including MRF, Big Bazaar, Dream 11, and Canara Bank.
Shikhar Dhawan Revenue
Shikhar Dhawan’s net worth in 2021 is INR 96 crore, thanks in part to his consistent run in the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he has a chance to take his net worth up by several notches if he performs well in the IPL and India’s T20 World Cup campaign this year.
|Salary||Retainer Fee- ₹7 crore |
Test Fee- ₹15 lakh
ODI Fee- ₹6 lakh
T20 Fee- ₹3 lakh
IPL 11- ₹5.2 crore
|Net Worth||₹96 crore|
Shikhar Dhawan Assets
|Cars||Mercedes GL350 CDI|
Shikhar Dhawan Favourite Things
|Favorite Cricketer(s)||Sachin Tendulkar, Andy Flower|
|Favorite Cricket Ground||Lord’s Cricket Ground, London|
|Favorite Food||Butter chicken|
|Favorite Actor(s)||Aamir Khan, Sylvester Stallone|
|Favorite Actress||Kareena Kapoor|
|Favorite Film||Rocky (1976)|
|Favorite Singer(s)||Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Wadali brothers (Puranchand & Pyarelal)|
|Favorite Song(s)||“Mawa Thandiya Chava” by Gurdas Maan|
“Sai” by Satinder Sartaj
|Favorite Book(s)||Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne|